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6408 Willow Lane - Mission Hills, Kansas 66208

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Artist’s Statement


With my Street Photography, I explore our common humanity through the people and places around us all.


Recent and Selected Juried Group Exhibitions & Awards


New Revolutions.  Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Camarillo, CA; Juror: Max Presneill, artist / curator – Director and Head Curator, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA.  January 4 – 26, 2019.


National Art Encounter.  Naples Art Association, Naples, FL. Jurors: Brad Cushman, Gallery Director / Curator Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR: Jill Deupi, beaux arts Director & Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, FL; Kirk Ke Wang, professor of visual arts, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, FL.  November 30, 2018 – January 12, 2019.


2018 International Juried Exhibition.  The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ.  Juror:  Midori Yoshimoto, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Gallery Director, New Jersey City University.  November 8 – December 22, 2018.


One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are Not Enough (international photography exhibition addressing impact of gun violence).  Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI.  Juror:  Boris Bally, artist, sculptor, activist, Providence, RI; October– November, 2018


31st Annual Northern National Art Competition.  Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI.  Juror:  Mark Steve Greenfield, B.A., M.F.A., Artist / Educator – Los Angeles, CA.  October– November, 2018.


Faces.  Site; Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.  Juror:  Jacqueline Towers-Perkins, Specialist Post-War & Contemporary Art; Bonhams Auctioneers, NY.  May-June 2018.


90th Annual International Juried Exhibition.  Art Association of Harrisburg, PA.  Juror:  Sara Softness, Asst. Curator, Special Projects, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.  May-June 2018.


46th International Art Exhibition.  Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, Brownsville, TX.  Jurors: Dr. Ruth A. Keitz, PHD, MFA, UT-Austin; Alejandro Macias, Lecturer, MFA UT-Pan Am; Karl J. Lieck, BFA, Artist-composer in residence, U North Texas.  Awarded:  Third Place / Photography.  April-May 2018.


Beauty Matters: the Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition. Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.  Juror:  Andrea Keys Connell, MFA, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Craft / Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.  January-February 2014.


Camera USA: National Photography Exhibition. The von Liebig Art Center; Naples, FL.  Juror:  Harry Benson, photojournalist.  May–August 2011


79th Annual International Juried Exhibition.  Art Association of Harrisburg; Harrisburg, PA.  First Place, Photography with cash award.   Juror:  Alex Baker, Curator of Contemporary Art, PA Academy of Fine Arts.  May-June 2007.


16th National Juried Show.  Art Center of Northern New Jersey; New Milford, NJ. Best of Show with $1,000 cash award.   Juror:  Ted Mann, Asst. Curator–Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; New York, NY.  April-May 2007.


Salmagundi Club, New York City/Members.  Historic Black & White Exhibition, 2015.  Urban Life Exhibition, Jan. 2015.  Annual Combined Exhibition, Honorable Mention.  Jan, 2007. Non-Juried Summer Exhibition, Honorable Mention.  August 2006.  Annual Black and White Exhibition, Honorable Mention. September 2008; Annual Members Show 2010,  Honorable Mention.


71st Annual Cooperstown Art Association National 2006.  Cooperstown Art Assoc., Cooperstown, NY. Award of Merit. Jurors:  Elizabeth F. Barker, Dir., Ficker Art Gallery, Colgate Univ.; Sydney L. Waller, Ex. Dir. of Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.  July 2007


15th National/Regional Juried Photography Show.  The Louisville Art Association, Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville, CO. Best of Category.   Juror:  Malia Thompson, Executive Director, Old Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO.  July 2006.


19th National Juried Art Exhibition.  South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mable House Arts Center, Mableton, GA.  Award of Excellence.  Juror:  Marcia Goldenstein, Professor of Drawing and Painting, University of Tennessee School of Art.  July-August 2006.


Cape Cod Art Association 2006 Annual New England Exhibition.  Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA.  First Place, Photography.  Jurors: Cindy Nickerson, Director/Curator, Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit; Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA.  June-July 2006. 


National Juried Art Exhibition.  Walter Greer Gallery, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.  Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head Island, SC.  Honorable Mention.  Juror:  Judi Betts, NWS, AWS, painter, instructor, juror and author.  May 2006


Brush with Art – the 14th Havre de Grace International Juried Art Exhibition. Harford Artists Assoc., Inc. & Havre de Grace Arts Commission; Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Honorable Mention.  Juror:  Stephen Bennett Phillips, Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.  July 2005


National Juried Art Exhibition.  Regional Artist Consortium, San Antonio, Texas.  Honorable Mention-Award of Artistic Excellence.   Juror:  Charles Field, Prof Emeritus in Painting, University of Texas at San Antonio.  July 2005.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions


Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY. “Moved to Act”, Invitational.  Ellen Feldman and Marky Kauffmann, co-curators.  Oct 27 – Nov 25, 2018; January Invitational Show, Art Essex Gallery.    Essex, CT.  January-February, 2014; Masur Museum of Art,  Monroe, LA,  “About Face: A Study in Portraiture”, from the permanent collection, “Band Members” by Rusty Leffel, featured photograph, Feb-April 2011; The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, MO, “Welcome to LA”, August 2009; “Out of Kilter”, January 2008; Thornhill Gallery, Avila University; Kansas City, MO, “Portfolio/France”, April 2008; Haydon Art Center Lincoln, NE, “245 Blocks of Broadway”, August, 2007; Charno Gallery Kansas City Artists Coalition; Kansas City, MO; May 2007; Rosewood Gallery City of Kettering, OH, “245 Blocks of Broadway, New York City/USA”; January 2006.


Juried Art Fairs


Des Moines Arts Festival; Des Moines, IA; June 2007, 09, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18


Saint Louis Art Fair; Clayton, MO; September 2005, 11, 13, 15, 17


Brookside Art Annual; Kansas City, MO; April 2005 – 2012 (poster award competition artist 2010; juror 2010); 2014-2018


Country Club Plaza Art Fair; Kansas City, MO; September 2004 - 2018


Westport Art Fair; Kansas City, MO; September 2003, 04


Prairie Village Art Fair; Prairie Village, KS June 2004-2019; (Best in Show / Photography: 2007, 2010, 2018); (Juror 2013)


Fort Worth Festival of the Arts; Fort Worth, TX; April 2009, 11, 15, 16, 17, 19


Cherry Creek Arts Festival; Denver, CO. 2010, 16, 18


Lakefront Festival of the Arts; Milwaukee, WI; 2008, 14, 16, 18


Smoky Hill River Festival; Salina, KS.  2012 (Juror’s award), 2013 (juror’s award), 2014


Wells Street Arts Festival; Chicago, IL; 2010, 2011 (auction jury acceptance 2011)


Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff; St. Joseph, MI; 2014 (Award: photography), 2015


Artisphere; Greenville, SC.  2018 (Award: Best in Show / $5,000), 2019


Gold Coast Art Fair; Chicago, IL; 2012


Uptown Art Fair; Minneapolis, MN; 2011


Columbus Arts Festival; Columbus, OH; 2008, 09, 15


Old Town Arts Festival; Chicago, IL; 2017





Masur Museum of Art-Monroe, Louisiana; Museum of Anthropology-California State University, Chico, California; Sprint / Nextel Art Collection; City Art Collection-Prairie Village, Kansas; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; Overland Park, Kansas; Spencer Art Museum; Lawrence, Kansas;  Kansas University School of Business Faculty Offices; Lawrence, KS;  Colantuono, Bjerg, Guinn, LLC Law Firm, Overland Park, KS; Lorax Design Group, Overland Park, KS; Classic Cup Café, Kansas City, MO; Cloud County Community College Library, Concordia, KS; The Chaddock Group, Ameriprise Financial Services, Gahanna, OH.


January 2019

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